Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Principal will receive the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from Camp Lejeune

For Immediate Release — July 29, 2019 | Camp Lejeune Schools

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — July 29, 2019 — A Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) principal and Lejeune High School (LHS) alum will be honored for his 35 years of service to military-connected children at Camp Lejeune at 1 p.m., Wed. July 31 at Building 1.

Mr. Eric Steimel, Lejeune High School Principal, will be honored with a Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his contributions resulting in high value or benefits to the Marine Corps by Col. Scott A. Baldwin, Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Installations East - Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. This award is the third-highest honorary award under the Department of Navy Incentive Awards program.

“The teachers at Lejeune High School made an impact on my life as a military child,” said Steimel. “I wanted to come back and be a part of an excellent educational system.”

Steimel started his DoDEA career in 1984 at Lejeune High School teaching physical science, chemistry, and biology. He became an assistant principal at the school in 1992 and later became the principal at Brewster Middle School in 2001. He was an instructional systems specialist from 2007 to 2010 before he became the LHS principal.

During his tenure, Steimel increased the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams, the JROTC program is nationally recognized, and nearly 50 students have graduated as certified nurse assistants with a CNA certificate from the health science class.

Media wishing to cover this event should RSVP to no later than 9 a.m. on Wednesday and plan to meet an escort at Camp Lejeune's Main Gate Visitor Center parking lot at 12:30 p.m.